25 April 2014

Clandestine Cake Club - Baking like Delia

  


I haven't written about my cake club for some time.

I run the Dundee branch of the Clandestine Cake Club with my friends Becca and Stuart and it's been running for 3 years now.

Just in case you haven't heard of the Clandestine Cake Club before, it's now a worldwide cake club that was set up by Lynn Hill in 2010 as a way of bringing like minded people together to chat and enjoy cake. It started small, but now there are over 200 clubs across the world.

Each club meets on a regular basis and the bakers are set a challenge. However there are rules: No Cupcakes, Muffins, Brownies, Pies or Tarts. It's all about the cake.

So you maybe wondering what the Clandestine part is about? The bakers that have applied and secured a slot at the next meeting are the only ones who find out the location. It's top secret and even the bakers only find out the night before.

Each baker can bring a guest or an eater as we call them and the meet-ups are informal and fun with lots of chat and the occasional glass of wine. There's always cake leftover, so the bakers and guests all bring a box to take cake home in.

This month I asked my bakers to Bake Like Delia. They had to choose a cake from one of Delia's cookbooks or her website to bake and bring along.


I made a Sticky Toffee Cake with Toffee Icing and topped it with pecans and a drizzle of toffee sauce.  Delia made it in a loaf tin, but I decide to make a cake.

It looked glorious when it came out the oven, but in my rush to get it finished and head off to the venue I couldn't find my spatula for spreading on the buttercream and I used a spoon instead. MISTAKE! It slopped over the edge and didn't look bonnie, as you can see, but it did taste great.

As my bakers will tell you, something always goes wrong or not quite to plan when you are baking for cake club.



As well as my Sticky Toffee cake we had a Lemon Cake with Fresh Cream and Homemade Curd, an Apricot and Hazelnut Meringue, a Lime and Coconut Cake, an Austrian Coffee and Walnut Cake with Coffee Cream,  a Squidgy Chocolate Cake, a Sticky Toffee Bundt and a Chocolate Fudge Cake.

Cake heaven!!!

Photo: Apex Dundee
Our secret venue this month was rather plush. We had our meeting in The Apex Hotel in Dundee, which sits on the waterfront, next to a quay where some of our oldest ships are docked.

Their Metro Bar and Brasserie is one of my favourite places to dine in Dundee. They always do great veggie dishes and they are especially good at catering to different dietary requirement, so Graham always gets a great vegan meal there too.



Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
1 West Victoria Dock Road
Dundee DD1 3JP
Scotland

T +44 (0)1382 202 404
F +44 (0)1382 201 401
To make a reservation:
T 0845 365 0000 (UK)
T +44 (0)131 441 0440 (Outside UK)
dundee.reservations@apexhotels.co.uk

Check out the Clandestine Cake Club official website to find out if there is a club near you.

I'd also like to give a shout out to my cake club bloggers:

Stuart - Cakeyboi
Becca - Becca Bakes
Genna - Blethering Boys



For all your cake baking needs and some great tips too, check out my 

34 comments:

  1. A great round up, the club sounds like fun, and such a lot of different cakes - lovely to see them! Mr Cakeyboi looks like he's enjoying his in the picture ;-) Thanks!

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    1. Thanks and yes he was enjoying the cakes. It was a great table of cakes. I loved them all, although I was rather partial to the lemon curd cake. I have a thing for lemons.

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  2. A cake club is such a fun idea. I'm lovin your smashing veggie recipes too as I'm trying to cook with lots more fresh veg especially as the growing season is fast upon us.

    Jean x

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    1. Thanks Jean, that is kind of you to say. I hope you enjoy the recipes.

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  3. (Pfft, your cake looks fine. I cannot spread frosting properly to save my life. It all looks like the crumb-coat, all lumps and unevenness... ah, well.) Always love to hear about the cake club, and am slowly getting the kitchen back to where I can set my own small challenges. Right now, I'm on flourless cakes, and almond and lemon. Do keep us posted what's next for you all!

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    1. I do hope you start up a food blog again Tanita so I an start following your recipes again. Although I know you are busy.

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  4. It was a great night Jac! Great original theme too, ensured for a great mix of cakes.

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  5. Ahhh they are all so beautiful! I wish I could take part in that :D

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    1. If ther's not one near you, you could always set one up. It is great fun :)

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  6. What fun!!! and how delicious - they all look SOOOOOO good!
    Mary

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  7. Love the look of that sticky toffee cake, sloppy icing and all. Heading straight over to Delia's to get the recipe!

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    1. Aww thanks, I was so disappointed with the frosting.

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  8. What a huge amount of cake! Such hardship!

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  9. those clandestine cake clubs always look like fun - am sure delia woudl be proud of all of you for those lovely cakes

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    1. Wouldn't that be nice? I have to say I was impressed by the cakes.

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  10. Those cakes look super yummy - I think that I may have to find a clanestine cake club near me.

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    1. Ddefintel Lorna, go look, quick now :)

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  11. mines the chocolate fudge cake please;) yum!! I have wondered about joining one of these in London - it would give me a chance to bake!

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    1. It was rather good and yes you should Fiona :)

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  12. What a lovely selection of cakes - they all look so lovely!

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  13. I DO love Delia, and her cakes are always so delectable! Looks like a great round up of cakes there Jac!

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  14. Love CCC and your cake does look bonnie as do all the others - I now feel like I need caaaaaaake!

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  15. I met Lynn last month, we had a good chinwag! Your toffee and walnut cake looks wonderful, I'd definitely pick a slice of that.

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  16. I'd never heard of CCC! Sounds brilliant. I'm going to look up my local club (Glasgow) <3

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  17. I seem to be jumping about from reading healthy eating posts to tons of cake and I find myself sitting somewhere in the middle of wanting both! The club sounds fab x

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  18. What a fab idea for a club... although I fear it might get a bit competitive down our neck of the woods! Currently doing WW so I'll not linger too long on those lovely cake images *scrolls back up for a sneaky look anyway*

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